Apple increases the price of Apple TV+, Arcade and News+ subscriptions
Apple has announced that it is increasing the prices of some of its digital services. Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and Apple News+ subscriptions are now more expensive.
Apple TV+, Arcade and News+ subscription prices in the U.S.
The price of the Apple TV+ subscription has gone up by $3, from $6.99 to $9.99 per month. That's almost an $36 if you pay on a monthly basis for a whole year. If you are a regular subscriber, you may want to take a look at the annual plan instead, it has now been priced at $99 as opposed to $69 previously. While that's not exactly cheap, you might as well save 20 bucks by opting for the long-term subscription.
The company's gaming service, Apple Arcade, which used to be available for $4.99 per month now costs $2 more at $6.99. Apple News+ is also getting a price hike by 3 bucks, going up to $12.99 from its previous price tag of $9.99 per month.
As you may know, the Cupertino company bundles some of these services along with iCloud+ and Apple Music, as part of the Apple One plans. So, the prices of those subscriptions are also being increased.
The Apple One Individual and Family plan prices have been hiked by $3, so they are now available for $19.95 and $25.95 respectively. For reference, the plans used to be available for $16.95 and $22.95, prior to this change. The Apple One Premier monthly plan costs $37.95, up from its $32.95 price. The storage capacity offered in all three plans remain unchanged.
These prices will come into effect immediately for new subscribers. Members who have an active subscription will not see the new prices for 30 days, i.e. until November 25. So, the new prices will kick in from the next billing date, from the month of December. Apple has confirmed that it is not increasing the prices of its other subscriptions including iCloud+, Apple Music and Apple Fitness+.
According to a statement sent by Apple to 9to5Mac, the subscription prices have been increased in the U.S., and select international markets from today. Users are reporting they are seeing the new prices in the U.K., and Canada.
These are the first price increases for Apple Arcade and Apple News+. But, the prices of AppleTV+ was increased almost exactly a year ago. Apple TV+ was launched in 2019 at an affordable price of $4.99 per month, but it was increased to $6.99 in October 2022, and now costs $9.99.
Apple is not the only company that has hiked the prices of its digital services. Netflix recently did the same, and so did Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Starz, Paramount+, Hulu, Peacock and HBO Max. The price creep is real, but users have to bear the burden. And with so many services available in the market, it's getting a little too expensive, especially if you factor in inflation. Many people would have to ditch a few subscriptions to just pay for one or two of these services. Some members could be willing to downgrade to a cheaper plan on other services, and that's exactly what Netflix did with its Standard with Ads plan, which has been remarkably successful according to the company's recent earnings report.Advertisement